Ian Simpson was absolutely on fire at Most over the weekend of 8th/9th August. Fresh from his lockdown training regime, a slimmed down Simpson took to the new 2020 XR69 and the Most circuit like a duck to water. By the end of the free practice day Simpson was fastest on track, in front of all the German klassik championship regulars. At the close of the three qualification sessions he was also fastest with a fantastic 1min 45.67 lap in session two, with Thomas Meier on his ZXR in second on 1min 46.17. Session two was fastest, with track temperatures in the mid-40deg Cs, before rising to 50deg C in the final session, when the air temperature was a blistering 36 deg C. the achievement was all the more remarkable as this was achieved on a 1986 engine, way out of class compared to the up to 2002 opposition. (there were three classes; up to 1991, up to 1992 and up to 2002, he beat the lot)
Momentum gained on the Friday and Saturday was impossible to quash – In the first race Simpson was as aggresive as a teenager into turn one (a slow right hander) passing three to take the lead after 7 seconds. He held that, with significant challenges from the Suzuki of Dominik Horvath and Axel Suess (Aprilia RSV) to win by 0.31 sec at the end of the 10 lap scrap. As well as the overall win, the class win (up to 1991) was achieved.
Several Team stalwarts were unable to be at Most; Hugh Brasher was off on important Marathon duties. Peter Lindén was off for new knees ( expected back in action with a pair by February) and Linda Rutter off for an important operation.
Ian Simpson stood in for Peter Lindén and Robert Burns had a great ride out on the 2019 bike, in the place vacated by Hugh Brasher. Ian Simpson went on to score a further class win in the second and final 10 lap race, finishing third overall in the 36deg C temperature. Robert Burns also finished both legs in comfortable and satisfying mid-field positions.
Thanks to all who helped the team to this fantastic post-Covid-lockdown return ! There are too many to mention, but a few are; Hugh Brasher and Robert Burns, Ian and Sharon Mathias, Graham Matcham and Conti, plus Katy Jones for the super looms and Stuart Scott for his race winning bike build. Well done too, to all the other team members and sponsors – great preparation for the Misano 4 hrs in October. See you there.